Did you know that the largest antique mall in America is located just 25 minutes north of Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cottages? And that’s just the beginning of your shopping adventure in the Shenandoah Valley.
Up and down Lee Highway (US Route 11), you will find lots of antique shops and malls featuring all types of old stuff, collectors’ items, period pieces, heirlooms, vintage items, antiquities, and treasures. From our B&B (conveniently located along US Route 11), drive north to the small village of Verona, VA to find the country’s largest antique mall. The Factory Antique Mall has 13,000 square feet of antiques all on one floor. The building was a clothing factory for over 30 years. Then in 1996, The Factory Antique Mall set-up shop and has been growing ever since. The Mall has over 225 dealers who sell their wares and keep the inventory constantly changing. The Country Café can supply you with lunch to keep you fueled for the treasure hunt!
From Verona, travel south to Staunton, VA where you will find at least ten antique shops in the downtown district. The names of these shops are enough to entice you to enter and browse around the shop. Visit the Jolly Roger Haggle Shop where you may be able to “negotiate” (or haggle) for a great deal on your special find. Stop by Memory Maker and reminisce about an tool that you know your grandfather used in his shed. Stroll into Of Wattles Made and ask what “wattles” are. Turtle Lane is a gift shop where you may want to walk through at a turtle’s pace to see all the unique artwork displayed. Queen City Marketplace is not only an antique shop but also an auction house. It is the largest collectable shop in the city and has everything from furniture to jewelry and dishware to wall décor. 17 Beverly is the name of the shop and the location of this building with seven different vendors in one spot. If you travel west on Beverly Street, crossing Augusta Street, you will find Staunton Antiques Center in the building that was home to the McCrory store. With 10,000 square feet of display space filled with nostalgic keepsakes, artwork, and bric-a-brac, you will surely find a treasurer or two to take home. Slightly south of Staunton you will find The Alpha and Omega Antique Mall – a place that offer’s a creative shopping experience by making you feel like you’re stepped back in time.
The two antique shops located closest to our B&B are Old South Antiques, in the small village of Brownsburg, and 3 Seasons Antiques & Unique Treasures in Fairfield. By the way, Fairfield, VA is also home to The Quiltery where you can purchase all types of quilting supplies.
Continuing south along the Lee Highway, you will find Lexington, VA – home of VMI and Washington & Lee University. This picturesque, historic town is also home to The Antique Mall, which has 150 vendors displaying their items to sell. Duke’s Lexington Antique Center is another shop located along US Route 11. In downtown Lexington, search out Wolf & Company. Rick Wolf worked for Southeby’s and is dedicated to finding great artwork to share with you. Fred and Deb’s Antiques is also a great stop for bargain hunters.
Antiquing in the Shenandoah Valley will be the perfect adventure if you are on a mission to find that matchless heirloom piece for yourself, a special wedding gift, or a memento of your visit to Virginia. Plan your visit to stay with us this spring.